Boomkat Product Review:
Reading the label's description of Charlie Alex March's music only underlines how difficult it is to pinpoint the artist's sound: Lo Recordings drops names left right and centre, suggesting that this debut is "Like a soft collision between Aphex Twin at his most melodic, Nick Drake at his string soaked finest or some hybrid of Steve Reich and Syd Barrett scoring a Tim Burton movie", while a press quotation from Vice magazine clutches at a different set of fantasy collaborations, professing that Home/Hidden is "Like Aphex Twin having lunch with Vaughn Williams or Delia Deryshire out for a trot with Michael Nyman". As you'll have gathered, this artist's music is difficult to pinpoint, but the cross-pollination of synthesizer-driven melodies with ornate live instrumentation proves to be a fertile and unique mixture of approaches. Charlie's keyboard and synthesizer compositions meet with string arrangements courtesy of Sean O'Hagan from the High Llamas (with fellow Llama Dominic Murcott supplying vibraphone), while Stereolab's Andy Ramsay supplies drums, Jo Apps contributes vocals and Gabriel from Metronomy plays bass. These varied and inventive instrumentals range from lavish constructions, such as the very grand 'Melodie' to smaller scale, intimate performances, as on the prepared piano solo 'Telephone Song', or 'Son Of A Joe', which does have a tinge of Drukqs about it. Recommended.